I've had this thunderbird for the last 5 years & it's been a really long time since i heard how it sounded stock since i've just been modifying it since.
It's a good bass, the inlay free fretboard is a unique look & is one that catches the eye. It did sound good stock & i took out the electronics to have a simple on/off switch like the Nikki Sixx blackbird - i always play with the tone wide open. Weight is decent, although the neck dive can be a downfall for someone starting out on bass (I hand the bass low so there isn't much dive especially with a leather strap).
Build is solid, no cracks in body or finish flaws. With the fat neck & wide spacing it can be a bit of a stretch for those who have smaller hands so you might want to go towards the thunderbird IV burst series as the neck is slimmer & nut width is narrower. I modified this on my goth bass to match the narrowness of my precision neck & string spacing. The bass had great tone through an svt rig: everything was balanced & you could distinguish the growl, but through a small combo it's kinda difficult to get a decent tone from the pickups (depends on the amp i'd guess).
All in all if you're starting out, this is the only thunderbird i wouldn't recommend having, but if you want a sleeker look & something different from the traditional birds, by all means.
I've modified mine countless times & fixed it as well over the last five years so it doesn't really resemble its factory self anymore hahaha.
Good bass for value
- 4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Sep 30, 2016
- Build Quality:
- + Classic Thunderbird look, Good tone
- - Neck dive, tuning keys can slip overtime, wide string spacing
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- Flat black
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- Black 3 point bridge
- Thunderbird TB+ Neck & bridge
- Other Hardware:
- Black hardware, Generic tuners & bridge.
- 9.9 lbs give or take
- EQ / Controls:
- Neck Volume, Bridge Volume & Master tone
- Roman numeral XII inlay at the 12th fret, Celtic cross logo on the pickguard.
"Everything has a dark side, even the Thunderbird. The Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV bass gets a makeover with an all black finish, black hardware and a distinct XII inlay at the twelfth fret. Leaving the traditional alder body by the wayside, the new mahogany body gives this Goth creation a darker and fatter tone. Dual Epiphone TB Plus Bass Humbuckers offer up large, in your face tones that will hold their own against the loudest of guitars. If you are serious about your music, the Epiphone Goth Thunderbird IV bass is ready to rock the night away in style."